As we learn more and more about our furred friends, we’re trying more and more ways of keeping them healthy and happy. One of these ways is holistic care. Holistic care refers to seeing your pet and his symptoms as an entire organism, a whole being, rather than “just” an upset stomach or “only” hairballs. Holistic care has been used in some cultures for thousands of years.
While allopathic medicine — the type we’re all familiar with — treats each symptom, holistic medicine sees them as a guidepost to an underlying problem and treats that, instead. Allopathic and holistic medicine work best when used in tandem. Holistic health care can include:
- Nutritional therapy
- Homeopathy and nodoses
- Chiropractic care
- Herbal medicine
It is important to find a holistic vet versed in both holistic care and allopathic medicine. The Pet People will be happy to help you find a holistic vet in the area, should you desire it.